By Wayne Crick
Delta High School, along with the rest of Colorado’s prep baseball programs, resumed activities on fields across the state recently. Delta’s high school players got a taste of competition this past week with a scrimmage game played in Gunnison with hopes of brushing off some of the rust accrued during the COVID-19 pandemic which sidelined athletics nationwide.
Delta High School baseball coach Steve Reiher was excited to return to action and shared some of the details of what transpired in Gunnison: “We played 18-pitch count half innings, or three outs per team. We had three pitchers go two innings then had three pitchers go an inning each.”
Estimating the scrimmage lasted approximately nine innings. “It went decent... kind of what I expected,” noted Reiher. “Nolan Bynum, Ezra Kathrein, Braeden Sprout and Isaac Chavez pitched well while Ethan Kappel did a decent job and three freshmen held their own.”
At the plate, Sprout and Alex Abila swung the bat well, Reiher noted.
Overall, “I saw some good things on both sides of the ball, but we obviously have a lot of work to do,” said Reiher.
There was a decent-sized crowd present at the scrimmage in Gunnison with spectators from both teams adhering to social-distancing practices reported Reiher.
On the schedule for this week is a scrimmage between Delta and Hotchkiss 6 p.m. Friday, July 3, in Delta. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, Delta and Cedaredge are slated to meet in Delta for a scrimmage session.